Foote in 2010 as captain of the Colorado Avalanche
|Born||July 10 1971,|
Whitby, ON, CAN
|6 ft 2 in (0 m)|
220 lb (100 kg; 15)
|Pro clubs||Quebec Nordiques|
Columbus Blue Jackets
|NHL Draft||22nd overall, 1989|
Foote was drafted out of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) 22nd overall in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft by the Quebec Nordiques. He began his NHL career with Quebec in 1991–92 before relocating with the franchise to Colorado, where he won two Stanley Cups in 1996 and 2001. In 2005, Foote signed with the Columbus Blue Jackets where he served as team captain for three seasons.
Playing career[edit | edit source]
Foote grew up playing hockey for the Brooklin-Whitby Minor Hockey Association (OMHA). He was a teammate of future NHLer Keith Primeau for several years, leading their teams to several OMHA "AA" Championships in the early 1980s. After a successful midget season with Brooklin-Whitby's AA team, Foote was a 2nd round underage choice (21st overall) of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in the 1988 OHL Priority Selection. Foote went on to play three OHL seasons with the Greyhounds, winning a J. Ross Robertson Cup and appearing in the Memorial Cup in his final season under future NHL head coach Ted Nolan.
Foote was selected 22nd overall by the Quebec Nordiques in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft. He played for Quebec for four seasons until the franchise moved to Colorado (and became the Colorado Avalanche) in 1995–96. Foote won his first of two Stanley Cups with the Avalanche that year, sweeping the Florida Panthers in the Finals. Five years later, Foote helped the Avalanche to a second Stanley Cup championship in 2001, defeating the New Jersey Devils in seven games.
The following season, in 2001–02, Foote recorded a career-high 22 assists in the regular season before missing out on his second straight Stanley Cup Finals appearance with the Avalanche, losing in seven games to the Detroit Red Wings in the Western Conference Finals. In 2002–03, Foote had another career-year offensively, scoring personal bests of 11 goals and 31 points. After a 30-point campaign in 2003–04, he remained inactive in 2004–05 due to the NHL lockout.
When NHL play was set to resume in 2005–06, Foote parted ways with the Avalanche franchise after thirteen seasons, signing a three-year contract worth $13.5 million with the Columbus Blue Jackets on August 1, 2005. He was immediately named an alternate captain for the upcoming season, but was assigned the Blue Jackets' captaincy in December 2005 when defenceman Luke Richardson stepped down from the position. He became the fourth captain in franchise history. Three seasons later, with his contract set to expire, Foote was traded from the Blue Jackets back to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for two conditional draft picks on February 26, 2008. The trade occurred amid speculation that the Blue Jackets were trying to re-sign Foote to keep him in Columbus, but could not meet Foote's asking price. Later that night, he arrived in Calgary during the first period to play against the Flames. Foote managed one goal and 15 assists for a total of 16 points in 75 games with the Avs and Blue Jackets combined.
On June 30, 2008, Foote agreed to re-sign with the Avalanche with a two-year $6 million deal at $3 million per season. His first full season back in Colorado was cut short by injury and he managed just 42 games. Further major injuries to key players in the lineup resulted in the Avalanche finishing in last place in the Western Conference. The following off-season long-time Avalanche captain Joe Sakic announced his retirement. As training camp was set to begin for the 2009–10 season, Foote was named Sakic's successor on September 11, 2009, becoming the eighth captain in franchise history (including the Nordiques) and just the second in Avalanche history.
On April 10, 2011, Foote played his last game with the Avalanche, winning 4-3 in OT against the Edmonton Oilers during the season finale. He was awarded first star of the game.
Personal life[edit | edit source]
International play[edit | edit source]
|Competitor for Canada|
|Gold||2002 Salt Lake City|
Foote debuted for Team Canada at the inaugural World Cup in 1996, scoring one goal as Canada finished as runner-up to the United States. Two years later, Foote was named to Team Canada for the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan. The tournament marked the first time NHL players were allowed to participate in the Olympics. Foote managed an assist in six games as Canada finished in fourth place, losing to the Czech Republic in the semi-finals, then Finland in the bronze medal game. At the next Winter Olympics in 2002, Foote helped Canada end a 50-year gold medal drought in the ice hockey tournament by defeating the United States in the final. He won another championship two years later and was even selected to the Tournament All-Star Team in his second World Cup in 2004, defeating Finland in the final. Selected to play in his third Olympics at the 2006 Games in Turin, Italy, Canada finished a disappointing seventh place while attempting to defend their gold medal.
Awards[edit | edit source]
- Named to the OHL First All-Star team in 1990-91.
- Won a Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche in 1996 and 2001.
- Won an Olympic gold medal with Team Canada in 2002.
- Won a World Cup championship with Team Canada in 2004.
Career statistics[edit | edit source]
|1988–89||Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds||OHL||66||7||31||38||120||—||—||—||—||—|
|1989–90||Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds||OHL||61||12||43||55||199||—||—||—||—||—|
|1990–91||Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds||OHL||59||18||51||69||93||14||5||12||17||28|
|2005–06||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||65||6||16||22||89||—||—||—||—||—|
|2006–07||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||59||3||9||12||71||—||—||—||—||—|
|2007–08||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||63||1||14||15||95||—||—||—||—||—|
International[edit | edit source]
|Senior int'l totals||32||2||5||7||28|
References[edit | edit source]
- Sadowski, Rick (February 26, 2008). Foote contributes in return. Rocky Mountain News. Retrieved on October 22, 2008.
- Avalanche re-sign veteran blueliner Foote. The Sports Network (May 25, 2010). Retrieved on May 27, 2010.
- Avalanche beat Oilers in Ovetime in Foote's last game. The Sports Network (April 10, 2011). Retrieved on April 10, 2011.
- Benton, Jim (December 15, 1998). Child's birth, return to ice give Foote reasons to celebrate. Rocky Mountain News. Retrieved on December 15, 2005.
- Branch, John. "An Avalanche of newborns/ Seven have been born since August", The Gazette (Colorado Springs), February 14, 2001. Retrieved on August 16, 2011.
- 2009 Colorado Avalanche media guide. Colorado Avalanche (October 10, 2008). Retrieved on January 2, 2010.
[edit | edit source]
- Adam Foote's NHL player profile
- Adam Foote's career stats at The Internet Hockey Database
- Adam Foote at TSN.ca
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